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Engadget is a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics. Engadget operates a total of ten blogs—four written in English and six international versions with independent editorial staff. Engadget has ranked among the top five in the "Technorati top 100" and was noted in Time for being one of the best blogs of 2010. It has been operated by AOL since October 2005.Source
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Microsoft is testing 1080p Xbox Game Pass streaming | Engadget

Microsoft is testing 1080p Xbox Game Pass streaming | Engadget

The 720p resolution for (aka xCloud) is decent on a phone, but that's clearly not going to cut it when the service and iPads. Thankfully, a resolution bump appears to be in order. and both say Microsoft is testing 1080p streams. It's not certain how widespread the testing is or how soon you'll see that upgrade, but this would be a huge boost in quality for big screen gamers.A simultaneous leak of an updated Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows also shows how the software will accommodate more players. It'll reportedly offer support for touch and gyro (motion) input, making it more feasible...

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Right-wing site Gab responds to 'alleged' data breach | Engadget

Right-wing site Gab responds to 'alleged' data breach | Engadget

The CEO of Gab — the right-wing haven that lost mainstream tech backing — published a curious blog post denying that the company has suffered a data breach. While it mysteriously went offline for a short time a week ago, at the time it claimed the only problem was some kind of bitcoin wallet spam affecting only a few accounts.Alleged Data Breach – 26 February 2021— Gab.com (@getongab)Now Gab's CEO writes that the site was contacted by reporters about an alleged data breach that may have leaked an archive of posts, DMs, profiles and hashed passwords. The CEO says there's no independent...

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Volkswagen is using its electric ID.Buzz van to test self-driving tech | Engadget

Volkswagen is using its electric ID.Buzz van to test self-driving tech | Engadget

Volkswagen at one time said its would reach dealerships by 2022 (that announcement has been removed but you can view it ), but confirms that at least an unveiling is still on deck for next year. Beyond that, VW autonomous driving exec Christian Senger said "This year, for the first time, we are conducting field trials in Germany, in which the self-driving system by will be used in a version of the future ID. BUZZ by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles."Argo AI is the autonomous driving technology that Ford and VW have partnered to invest in and . The commercial vehicles team is developing vans...

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Facebook bowed to demands from Turkey to block one of its military opponents | Engadget

Facebook bowed to demands from Turkey to block one of its military opponents | Engadget

When Turkey launched its in early 2018 to dislodge Kurdish minorities from Northern Syria, the country ordered Facebook to block the page of a prominent militia group in the area known as the People’s Protection Units or . Forced to make a decision, the company prioritized staying online over objecting to censorship, new internal emails obtained by show.Since then, the social media giant has blocked users in Turkey from accessing the YPG’s Facebook page. Facebook complied with the order even though, , it does not consider the group a terrorist organization.“... We are in favor of...

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Australian Parliament passes law that requires Google, Facebook to pay for news | Engadget

Australian Parliament passes law that requires Google, Facebook to pay for news | Engadget

The Australian law that makes it mandatory for companies like Google and Facebook to pay for news they use is ready to be enforced. Australia's Parliament has the final amendments to the News Media Bargaining Code, and according to , they were changes agreed upon by the country's treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. If you'll recall, Facebook publishers and users from sharing news links in Australia in response to the proposed law. The social network also mistakenly government agencies and non-profits from posting on their Pages in the process, but it reversed their...

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Biden will review tech supply chains to reduce dependence on China | Engadget

Biden will review tech supply chains to reduce dependence on China | Engadget

The US is still heavily dependent on other countries for technology manufacturing (among other products), and President Biden is looking for ways to reduce that dependence. The LA Times has that Biden is ordering a review of US supply chains for semiconductors, "large-capacity" batteries and to ensure reliable access to those elements. While the effort isn't explicitly focused on China, unnamed officials told the Times the US was "overly dependent" on that country.This isn't just a superficial report, according to the officials — the aim is to "close gaps" and create "diverse and resilient"...

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Oppo demos true wireless charging on its rollable phone | Engadget

Oppo demos true wireless charging on its rollable phone | Engadget

Apparently isn't the only mobile company working on over-the-air wireless charging. At MWC Shanghai 2021 earlier today, Oppo unveiled its own take on this futuristic tech, which is aptly dubbed "Wireless Air Charging" for now. The company's demo — both at the booth and in the official video — featured an rollable concept phone placed on a wireless charger, and even when lifted up slightly while being gently tilted in various directions, the device was still able to charge.At this year we're showcasing the next evolution in charging ⚡Presenting Wireless Air Charging - no cable, no charging...

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Facebook is testing more tools to combat child exploitation | Engadget

Facebook is testing more tools to combat child exploitation | Engadget

Facebook says it is testing more tools to help the social network prevent people from sharing content that . One is a pop-up message that it plans to display across Facebook apps to people who use search terms linked to child exploration. It will detail the consequences of viewing such content and provide information on how to get help from offender diversion organizations.The other measure is focused on the "non-malicious sharing" of "viral, meme child exploitative content." People who share that material will see a safety alert about the harms it can cause. The alert includes a warning...

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SpaceX's first private flight will carry the youngest ever American to orbit | Engadget

SpaceX's first private flight will carry the youngest ever American to orbit | Engadget

SpaceX recently that it would send four civilians into orbit aboard its Crew Dragon capsule, marking the first time that a crew without a single professional astronaut would fly into space. One of those private citizens will be Hayley Arceneaux, who at 29 years old will be the youngest-ever American to fly into space, the has reported.The trip came about thanks to Jared Isaacman, a billionaire who purchased the debut commercial astronaut rocket launch from SpaceX. He'll get one Crew Dragon seat on the Inspiration 4 mission, but he also donated three others. One will go to the winner of a...

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Chanel's AI Lipscanner app will find lipstick in any shade | Engadget

Chanel's AI Lipscanner app will find lipstick in any shade | Engadget

The next time you spot a lip color that you like, you can quickly use AI to find a corresponding shade in Chanel's range of lipsticks. The company is announcing today its new Lipscanner app that lets you use your phone's camera to identify a hue — whether it's on someone's lips or just the color of your favorite purse. Then, it'll suggest a match from Chanel's "lip universe," which includes more than 400 products encompassing different finishes and shades.This isn't the first time a beauty company has made an app to identify lipstick shades — will even print out the exact color you scan,...

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Study finds key flaws in Twitter's Birdwatch fact-checking program | Engadget

Study finds key flaws in Twitter's Birdwatch fact-checking program | Engadget

Less than a month after Twitter , a study has unearthed some troubling issues with the crowdsourced initiative. The analyzed almost 2,700 contributions and found that less than half of the program's participants submitted reliable sources and citations to back up their fact checks. The institute also determined that there's a partisan slant to some of the .Birdwatch, which is currently a pilot project, has around 1,000 users. They can flag tweets as misleading and, in a note, they can cite a source that disputes claims made in a tweet or explain why it may not be accurate. The notes are...

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Microsoft Office 2021 is coming to Windows PCs and Macs later this year | Engadget

Microsoft Office 2021 is coming to Windows PCs and Macs later this year | Engadget

Microsoft will release two new versions of Office later this year, the company . Office 2021 will be available on both Mac and Windows PCs in the second half of the year, and, like , it will be a one-and-done purchase. No need for a .The company didn’t say what new features consumers can expect but did note that it plans to support both Office 2021 and Office LTSC, the enterprise version of the release, for five years and promised to share more details on features closer to release. According to Tom Warren, the LTSC variant will include enhancements like dark mode support and accessibility...

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A ferret is the first North American endangered animal to be cloned | Engadget

A ferret is the first North American endangered animal to be cloned | Engadget

might just become a valuable tool in preserving species that might otherwise go extinct. BBC News US Fish and Wildlife Service has successfully a black-footed ferret — the first genetic copy of a North American endangered species. Elizabeth Ann, born on December 10th, was produced from the frozen cells of Willa, a ferret that lived over 30 years ago. A team at ViaGen Pets & Equine created embryos and implanted them in a domestic ferret surrogate.The black-footed ferret is North America's only native ferret, and was thought to have gone extinct until a Wyoming rancher found a small group of...

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WhatsApp will re-introduce new privacy policy | Engadget

WhatsApp will re-introduce new privacy policy | Engadget

WhatsApp plans to re-introduce the updated privacy policy that ignited a against the Facebook-owned messaging app. The company said it will notify users of the new privacy policy “in the coming weeks,” and provide more information about the changes before requiring users to agree to the new terms.“In the coming weeks, we’ll display a banner in WhatsApp providing more information that people can read at their own pace,” WhatsApp writes in a blog post. “We’ve also included more information to try and address concerns we’re hearing. Eventually, we’ll start reminding people to review and accept...

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AI has remastered Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' in glorious 4K | Engadget

AI has remastered Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' in glorious 4K | Engadget

Word of warning, prepare to be rickrolled like you've never been rickrolled in the past. Thanks to AI software, you can now troll your friends with Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" in crisp UHD. spotted the video, which was uploaded by YouTube user Revideo at the end of January only to be recently discovered by the internet at large this week. Revideo said they used , an AI-powered program for upscaling video, to remaster the clip in 4K and to smooth it out to 60 frames per second. We’ve seen other people like use similar software to update an and a from before the First World War....

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Samsung is bringing some of the Galaxy S21’s software features to older devices | Engadget

Samsung is bringing some of the Galaxy S21’s software features to older devices | Engadget

When Samsung in January, the company also detailed the latest version of its One UI Android skin. The update came with quite a few new features and now Samsung plans to bring some of those to its older devices, including the lineups, as well as the and , when it updates them to One UI 3.1. In all, five of the S21’s software features will be available on those phones after downloading Samsung's latest software.To start, there’s Enhanced Single Take. It lets you capture both stills and video simultaneously with your phone’s cameras. Another new camera feature, Multi Mic Recording, allows you...

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Redditor who drove the GameStop short squeeze is being sued | Engadget

Redditor who drove the GameStop short squeeze is being sued | Engadget

One of the most prominent figures on the that has been slapped with a lawsuit. The suit alleges Keith Gill (aka Roaring Kitty) is a licensed securities professional instead of an amateur investor and it claims he profited from the GameStop short squeeze by manipulating the market.“Gill’s deceitful and manipulative conduct not only violated numerous industry regulations and rules, but also various securities laws by undermining the integrity of the market for GameStop shares,” . “He caused enormous losses not only to those who bought option contracts, but also to those who fell for Gill’s...

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Wyze extends its budget home automation line with color bulbs | Engadget

Wyze extends its budget home automation line with color bulbs | Engadget

If you're putting together a connected living space and need some mood lighting, but you don't want to spend a ton of money, then take a look at the new . While we've seen controllable color-changing bulbs from others like the and , those can get expensive fast at and , respectively. This customizable light bulb from is available for pre-order in a four pack that costs $35, plus $8 for UPS ground shipping once they're released in March.As points out, this 1,100 lumen smart bulb is brighter than Wyze's tunable 800 lumen white bulb. The explains that they are rated for damp locations, don't...

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IBM plans to produce net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2030 | Engadget

IBM plans to produce net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2030 | Engadget

IBM’s operations won’t produce greenhouse emissions by the end of the decade. That’s the goal of the company’s latest , in which, unlike some other companies, it emphasized the importance of preventing emissions before they occur. By 2025, IBM says it will reduce its greenhouse emissions by 65 percent compared to its output in 2010. “What's most important in the fight against climate change is to actually reduce emissions,” IBM said. “The company's net-zero goal is also accompanied by a specific, numerical target for residual emissions that are likely to remain after IBM has first done all...

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EPFL engineers create a chip that detects stress levels via sweat | Engadget

EPFL engineers create a chip that detects stress levels via sweat | Engadget

Engineers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne () have a wearable sensing chip that can measure the concentration of cortisol in sweat. Since cortisol is the body's hormone released in response to stress, the chip could lead to wearables like smartwatches that can monitor its user's stress levels throughout the day. "[U]ntil now there has been no way to quantify stress levels in an objective manner," EPFL wrote in its announcement. " This creation has the potential to change that. Cortisol helps regulate our metabolism, blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It also helps...

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Apple will offer free Watch repairs if software update doesn't fix charging woes | Engadget

Apple will offer free Watch repairs if software update doesn't fix charging woes | Engadget

Apple has today that aims to avoid an issue that causes the and to stop charging. But if you’re unfortunate enough to already be experiencing this problem, then you could be eligible for a free repair. According to an , a small number of customers have encountered a situation where the aforementioned watches refuse to charge after entering Power Reserve mode (otherwise known as a low-power mode). The latest watchOS 7.3.1 is said to prevent this from happening. However if you’re already affected and the update doesn’t fix it, then Apple suggests you place your watch on your charger and wait...

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Carl Pei's Nothing has acquired the branding of defunct phone brand Essential | Engadget

Carl Pei's Nothing has acquired the branding of defunct phone brand Essential | Engadget

Andy Rubin’s may get a second chance at life. Nothing, the new startup from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, has acquired the company’s branding. Digging through the database, found that Rubin transferred ownership of Essential’s trademarks and logo to Pei's new venture on January 6th, 2021. It’s not clear if the startup also picked up Essential’s patents, nor what it plans to do with the logo and trademarks now that it owns them.When Pei first earlier this month, he said its first product would be a pair of wireless earphones and promised more devices later in 2021. “We’re building an...

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Parler is back online after Amazon kicked it off the internet | Engadget

Parler is back online after Amazon kicked it off the internet | Engadget

More than a month after it was , ‘free speech’ social network Parler announced on Monday that it’s back online. In a press release it shared with Engadget and several other publications, the company said its new backend is “built on sustainable, independent technology and not reliant on so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.”The website is more functional than it was when it partly came back online in , though features like account creation aren’t fully functional yet. You can also see links to download the Parler’s mobile app, but tapping those does nothing as neither nor have allowed...

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Polestar will cease production of its stunning hybrid at the end of 2021 | Engadget

Polestar will cease production of its stunning hybrid at the end of 2021 | Engadget

The GT created and even some lust, thanks to the gorgeous looks, 619 horsepower and respectable battery range of 60 miles. However, it was only ever intended as a halo vehicle to launch the brand and pave the way for the and other EVs. To that end, it’s now entering its final production run.Polestar had always planned to make just 1,500 copies of the Polestar 1, and it’s sticking to that. Most of those were allocated to Europe and other regions, and in keeping with that, the US market will get just 125 more from the final batch.Polestar started as Volvo’s performance brand, and the Polestar...

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